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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait: Authorities Impose New Preventive Measures to Combat Spread of COVID-19 Virus during Ramadan

(Apr. 15, 2021) Between March 30 and April 7, 2021, authorities in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Kuwait announced new preventive measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus during the Islamic holy month of the Ramadan. The month of Ramadan began on April 12 and runs through May 12. Saudi Arabia On April 7, […]

International: United Nations Welcomes Loosening of Sanctions in Gulf Region

(Feb. 17, 2021) On January 5, 2021, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement welcoming the news that Saudi Arabia had lifted the economic and political sanctions it had imposed on Qatar since 2017. Guterres was joined two days later by U.N. Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights Alena Douhan, […]

Saudi Arabia: Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development Launches Labor Reform Initiatives

(Dec. 4, 2020) On November 4, 2020, the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development announced that it would launch new labor reform initiatives to attract skilled workers to the labor market in the kingdom and to improve the kindgom’s Kafala or foreign-worker sponsorship system. Those labor initiatives include (1) introducing digital documentation of […]

Saudi Arabia: Court Issues Final Sentences in Khashoggi Case

(Sept. 22, 2020) On September 7, 2020, the Criminal Court of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, issued final sentences for eight defendants in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The court had previously sentenced five of the defendants to death but, according to the Public Prosecution, the court replaced the death sentence with the penalty of […]

Saudi Arabia: Flogging and Death Abolished as Ta‘zeer Penalties

(Aug. 3, 2020) On July 15, 2020, the director of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia, Awwad bin Saleh, announced that the commission is planning to launch a number of initiatives to highlight the kingdom’s reforms in the field of human rights. Those reforms include abolishing flogging and capital punishment for minors as ta‘zeer […]

Arab Gulf Countries: Preventive Measures Aimed at COVID-19 Pandemic Adopted

(Apr. 14, 2020) During the month of March 2020, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain, adopted a number of precautionary measures aimed at preventing coronavirus infections and curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Establishing a Coronavirus Center and Suspending Flights After […]

Saudi Arabia: Cabinet Issues New Law on Commercial Franchise

(Mar. 5, 2020) In October 2019, the Saudi Cabinet approved the Commercial Franchise Law of 24/2/1441 (Hijri, corresponding to October 23, 2019). The new Law is the first in the kingdom to govern the relationship between a franchisee and a franchisor in a comprehensive manner in accordance with international best practices. The Law regulates (1) […]

Saudi Arabia: Minister Issues Resolution Regulating Workers’ Rights During Night Shifts

(Dec. 13, 2019) On November 2, 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Labor and Social Development issued Resolution No. 18632, which regulates the rights for individuals working during night shifts. The resolution, which will take effect in January 2020, defines the term “night shifts” as the period between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. It also clarifies […]

Saudi Arabia: Regulation Establishes New Type of Visa

(Nov. 29, 2019) On October 11, 2019, The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTNH) issued Regulation No. 4800, which establishes a new type of visa in Saudi Arabia called the “Tourist Visa.” The entry tourist visa allows citizens from 51 countries cited on the E-Visa of Saudi Arabia website to enter Saudi Arabia […]